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Thread: Jean Quilts

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    Super Member Quilting Aggi's Avatar
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    I have a student who is interested in a jean quilt. I have never made one before, and wondering if anyone has any tips to get her started or some good websites for her to get ideas and how tos???


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    The main suggestion I have is for the seams to be staggered so one can avoid big wads at intersections,

    If this isn't going to be a rag-type quilt.

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    I like this one: - it didn't paste the picture.

    It is in the Country Woman magazine. Check the title below.


    Looking for a way to recycle all those beloved old jeans your family has gone through over the years? Kathy Wagner of Cudahy, Wisconsin has pieced together a winning idea with this log-cabin quilt design.

    “I collected the kids’ blue jeans for 20 years to make this quilt,” Kathy says. “Because the quilt is made of heavy, easy-care material, we use it for picnics and outings. All those different colors of blue really bring back the memories.”

    Materials Needed:
    Old denim jeans—approximately
    12 pair each of light-blue and dark-
    blue denim jeans (number needed
    will depend on size of jeans—see
    note at right)
    5 yards of 44-inch-wide denim for
    2 yards of 90-inch-wide flannel or a
    69-inch x 90-inch piece of
    lightweight quilt batting
    Matching all-purpose thread
    Light-blue and dark-blue worsted
    weight yarn for tying quilt
    Large-eye hand-sewing needle
    Rotary cutter and mat (optional)
    Quilter’s ruler
    Quilter’s marking pen or pencil
    Basting safety pins (optional)
    Standard sewing supplies
    Note: Each log cabin block requires a total of 48 dark-blue 2-in. center squares, approximately 36 in. of light- blue denim strips and approximately 45 in. of dark-blue denim strips.

    You could also purchase 44-in.-wide denim fabric for the quilt. If purchasing fabric, you’ll need 1/4 yard of dark blue for the center squares, a total of 2-1/4 yards of light-blue denim and a total of 2-3/4 yards of dark- blue denim.

    Pre-wash fabrics. If water is discolored, wash again until rinse water runs clear. Dry and press all fabrics.

    Accurately cut fabrics using rotary cutter and quilter’s ruler, or mark fabrics using ruler and marker of choice and cut with scissors.

    From the darkest blue denim pair of jeans, cut forty-eight 2-in. squares for center squares of log cabin blocks.

    Cut legs from remaining dark- and light-denim jeans. Remove the hem and sides seams from each leg.

    Cutting lengthwise, cut each leg into long, 2-in.-wide strips.

    Do all piecing with accurate 1/4-in. seams and right sides of fabrics together. Press seams toward last piece added, or press the seams open.

    Referring to Fig. 1 at right for placement, sew a light-blue denim strip (1) to right-hand edge of a 2-in. dark-blue denim square. Trim ends of added strip even with opposite edges of square. Open and press.

    Sew a light-blue denim strip (2) to bottom edge of pieced center square (see Fig. 1). Trim newest strip even with opposite edges of pieced center. Open and press.

    Repeat to add a dark-blue denim strip (3) as shown in Fig. 1, trimming and pressing as before. Working clockwise, repeat with a dark-blue denim strip (4).

    Continue in this way, alternating two light strips and two dark strips and adding strips 5 through 12 to make an 11-in.-square log cabin block.

    Repeat, making a total of 48 log cabin blocks.

    Referring to photo and layout diagram at left for position, lay out the 48 log cabin blocks right side up on a flat surface in eight rows with six blocks in each row.

    Sew each horizontal row together in planned order. Press seams in opposite directions.

    Then sew the rows together in planned order, carefully matching corners. Press seams open.

    Trim 1/4 in. from all outside edges of pieced top.

    Cut 5-yd. length of backing fabric in half crosswise. Trim selvage edges and sew pieces together with a 1/2-in. seam. Press seam open. Trim to make a 69-in. x 90-in. piece with seam centered.

    Place backing wrong side up on a flat surface. Center flannel or batting over backing and smooth out. With right side up, center quilt top over batting. Smooth out all pieces. Baste the layers together both horizontally and vertically every 4 in. or pin-baste with basting safety pins.

    Start tying layers together at the center of the quilt and work outward, placing a tie in the dark center square of each log cabin block.

    To tie, cut yarn into 6-in. lengths. Thread large-eye hand-sewing needle with a strand of light-blue and dark- blue yarn. Take a 1/8-in.- to 1/4-in.-long stitch through all thicknesses in the center of the dark center square of a log cabin block, leaving long tails on each side of stitch. Remove needle and tie yarn ends in a square knot. Clip yarn ends even to desired length. Repeat in the dark center square of each log cabin block.

    Sew around outside edge of quilt top, stitching 1/4 in. from outside edges.

    Trim backing and batting even with edges of quilt top.

    Remove basting.

    From remaining denim scraps, cut approximately 200 2-in. x 6-in. rectangles.

    Sew the long edges of the binding pieces together, alternating light and dark denim rectangles to make a pieced binding strip long enough to go around the entire quilt. Press the seams open.

    Press one short end of pieced binding strip 1/4 in. to wrong side.

    With right sides facing and raw edges matching, pin pieced binding to front of quilt top. Sew binding in place with a 1-1/2-in.-wide seam, mitering corners and overlapping ends.

    Fold binding to back of quilt top, encasing raw edges. Fold raw edge under, leaving a 1-1/2-in.-wide binding on the front and back of quilt. Hand-sew fold of binding to back of quilt, covering stitching.

    Finished Size: Quilt measures about 63 inches wide x 84 inches long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilting Aggi
    I have a student who is interested in a jean quilt. I have never made one before, and wondering if anyone has any tips to get her started or some good websites for her to get ideas and how tos???

    Aggi- I have made a ka-jillion of these. I cut on each side of inside & outside seam-cutting up thru the hem & just a little beyond.
    Now rip the seams away from the front & back of each leg. Rip as far as it will go, sometimes it will go as far as the waistband. Sometime the back pocket even rips out just right. Now cut off the waist band & lay the long leg pieces on your cutting table.
    Next I cut off the cuff/hem part w/ rotary cutter.
    Now pick a length that you can remember-I use 10"-Cut across each leg at that incriment.
    I than take these to my serger & serge around each & every one (cuts down on the fraying.)
    When I have a box full, I just sit down & sew them together on the 10" sides. I do a mock flat felt seam. (sew the sewm with any width you choose & fold over both narrow sides to ONE side & seam on the serging part.)
    I just make my strips as long as I want-Make another strip the same length & sew the 2 strips together.
    Sometimes you will have a w i d e leg & maybe the next one will be a narrow leg-It doesn't matter, as you really don't want the corners to match. If you stop & think about it, that is a LOT of denim for the needle to go thru.
    I do not back nor stuff mine as you will find that they are very heavy & warm as is.
    I have not had much stick to them, after being on ground as you just shake them off.
    Mine have been under tents-under wheels when stuck in mud-covers for coolers sitting outside-tarps to cover just about anything-as well as bed covers.
    When I got married to #1 husband, he came w/ a hope chest & that was in it!!!!! I thought I can do this-I really ate up the sewing machine needles making one that was all cut into squares. LOL. I knew there was an easier way. That is my way of doing them.
    I have also sewn little appliques over little teeny tiny holes. That kind of dresses them up
    Hope this helps.
    Billie G

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    WOW thank you all sooooooooooo much for the websites and instructions!!! I will definetely pass this information on to my friend who is looking for it.


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    Raw Edge Denim "Quilt": I have made many jeans "quilts" out of old denim jeans, skirts, etc. I cut 7-1/2 inch squares of both denim and flannel. Lay one denim and one flannel pieces wrong sides together. Place 2 of these flannel sides together and sew with 1/2 inch seam allowance. Continue making strips depending on width you want. Sew strips together to form length desired. Sew around outhside edges and snip raw edges. Wash and dry. Its fun to piece the denim squares using pockets, zippers, etc. :wink:

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    Instead of using a straight stitch, use a very narrow zigzag...It will help keep the seams from tearing out while washing, due to the weight of the quilt. A stretch zigzag would be even better if your machine has that function.

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    Just saw one at the Ozark Mennonite Apple Butter Day that was really cute, they used the red bandana material with it. We have put labels from shirts/jeans etc over any small holes and that is cute too.

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